Saturday, January 29, 2011

Ridge Hike 012911

It was a beautiful day today. I had to get up on the ridge up back of the house and trudge through the carpet of brown leaves and undergrowth, and my trail took me to Wessex Towers, where family lore has it that my grandfather and grandmother were married in a buggy at the top of the hill whereupon Wessex Towers perches. When my grandfather said "I do," the horses spooked and bolted down the hill.

Here are some pics I took along the way:

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

There Was a Man

I was asked by Bill's dear wife Judy to play guitar at the service today. I'm going to try to play some instrumentals from my collection recently released at CDBaby.com and I did some revision to the song below, mostly because I don't remember all of it, which I wrote just after our Poppy died. He passed away in his easy chair with an ice cream cone in his hand. I'm going to attempt to sing it today but since I don't hold out much hope that I'll be able to get through it, I printed some lyrics at the hotel business office. Here's the song. I cannot thank all my friends and "friends" who have supported me with loving messages this week. It's been hard, but your caring makes it, well, different.

Love to you all, and here's my advice:

There Was a Man
Scott Merrick, revised January 25, 2011

Once had a granddad
Now I have none;
There was a man
If there ever was one.
Stands where he stood
at the top of a hill;
in the Tennessee woods
of my memory still.
Never heard a bad word
spoken of him;
The last time we spoke
he was broken and thin.
I took him by the hand
I said I love you;
He said I hope you understand
That I love you too.

Stands where he stood
at the top of a hill;
Never really knew him
Suppose I never will.

If you have a granddad
Listen to me:
What may be now
May not always be;
Tell him that you love him
Look him in the eye:
Your love is the one thing
that never does die.

Once had a granddad
Now I have none;
There was a man
If there ever was one.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Death

I have been writing a bit of poetry lately, thinking I'll just add it to Speculativity, my little book of poetry at Lulu.com, when I have a new little body of it. Day before yesterday I put down something that had flown into my head whilst walking the dog. I am not depressed, by the way. I'm not contemplating anything, other than life: I am as hopeful and as positive in my feelings for my family, my friends, and myself as I have ever been, and anyone who knows me knows that I persist in being optimistic to a fault. But this poem grew legs along with my own as I stretched them alongside the clicking of MacGuyver's claws on the pavement in the silence of the winter afternoon. It's a short one so I'll share it here.


Last night I died.
Alone I walked up a steep road
I had never seen before,
All light behind, none ahead.
There were no gates,
Pearly or otherwise.
No one waited.
No angels sang.
I am dead.

Last night my older brother Ed called and told me that our brother Bill had been killed in a motorcycle accident. I have a lot to say about that, but I'll say it to my own conscience rather than air it publicly. I do encourage you to hold on to those who are dear to you and to show them as often as possible that you love them. That's what matters.

Bill was on the right in this picture, in the "Men Will Be Men" tee-shirt. My dear older brother Ed is in the middle:


Saturday, January 15, 2011

"Still Waiting" at iTunes (and CDBaby)

It's heeeeeere....

Want to get it on iTunes?
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/still-waiting/id414096732

'prec you giving it a listen and picking up your own copy if you like it. This is a collection of original instrumental tunes I've recorded over the years, and features acoustic guitar, mandolin, McNally strumstick, and lots of love. Two of the songs, including "Larceny," "Even If I Did," have lyrics, and if you do pick up a copy of the record and want the lyrics, just drop me a  comment here with an addie to send them to. Reviews at itunes would be appreciated, especially if they're good 'uns. :)

Want to save nearly two bucks on it?

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/scottmerrick2

Friday, January 14, 2011

Mr. Winkle Wakes

Via Facebook this morning I had to reshare a link from Scott McLeod, one leading to an amazing single webpage, a wiki page, actually, compiled by the fabulous Alec Couros, entitled

90+ Videos for Tech. & Media Literacy


This page deserves some visitation and exploration. It's a veritable treasure trove of interesting, stimulating, inspirational content. I plan explore it often over the coming weeks, and I hope that you will, too; if, that is, you have any interest in education. My Friday morning gift to you comes from the "Conversation Starters" section and if you share this with others in your PLN I'm wagering it will start some conversations. From Mathew Needleman, "Mr. Winkle Wakes." Indeed:

Monday, January 10, 2011

PRICELE$$

I've begun compiling candidates for a video series I'm considering hosting in Second Life. A couple years ago I did something similar with TED videos, and it was a fun experience, watching an inspirational video talk together with the text backchannel running strong throughout the viewing.

Anyway, the list of potential films grew by one today and that one is:


Preview for PRICELE$$ from Habitat Media on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Colin's a "Creep"

Sharing this from last night's performance at Nashville Street Theatre Company, as Colin opened for What Up, English, four stellar lads performing original rock in very entertaining ways.

Miranda had just driven in from a vacation jaunt to Ohio and was suffering a bronchial infection that limited her voice, so Colin had to readjust his setlist on short notice for a solo performance, but his sister couldn't help herself--she bravely joined in on Colin's final song for a beautiful rendition of Deftone's "Sextape."

I loved that closer, but I have to say my fave song of the night was Colin's arrangement and performance of Radiohead's 1992 "Creep." Indeed. Enjoy:

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

The scottmerrick Daily!

Hey all. It's in the sidebar, and will remain there, but I want to call attention to the cooltool of the day, Paper.li, where you can set yourself up with your own daily "newspaper," drawn from the (modified or otherwise) posts of the folks you follow on Twitter and your Facebook friends! I like it mainly because it transforms all that for me on a daily basis into a user-friendly compendium. In a way it's just another way to view your twitter feed along with fb, but in another way it's a way to take a solid look at just what you've gotten yourself into in your Personal Learning Network (PLN). How many times can I use the word "way" in a sentence, lol?

Here's what it looks like (today--tommorrow it'll look different!) in the widget for me bloggy. If you haven't already done so, go peruse it for yourself at this link: http://paper.li/scottmerrick!